Short on time? Book a mini break in the country! Take your pick from these short breaks at cottages, farmhouses and villas in the countryside. Perfect for long weekends away, short rural breaks let you escape to the great outdoors and recharge your batteries.
Marvel at the breath-taking beauty of the UK’s finest rural areas on your short rural break. Discover the tranquillity of the Lake District, go mountain biking in the Brecon Beacons or climb Snowdon, Wales’s highest peak.
If you have a long weekend to spare, hop over the water to an Irish country cottage or try Scotland for jaw-dropping panoramic views of the mountains and Highlands. Alternatively, you could follow the Spanish sunshine and hide away in a stylish Galician converted barn, or head to sun-baked Cyprus and choose a poolside apartment in Paphos.
ROSEMARY COTTAGE - Westleigh, North Devon Coast
Get away from all of the stresses of modern life to the wonderful peace and tranquility of the picture postcard village of Westleigh, near Instow, Bideford. Set in the rolling Devon hills with views of the Torridge Estuar …see more
“Very nice place to stay with a friendly and warm welcome!” Very nice place to stay! Enough things to do, see and visit in the area. The hosts were very helpful with telling us which places we should visit and how to get there. Breakfast was good.
Excellent value, helpful hosts, very flexible booking - non of this Saturday to Saturday rubbish - perfect accommodation in a delightful, quiet and unusual setting. Off the beaten track yet all amenit… More
Ampio trilocale situato a Finalpia (Finale Ligure) vicinissimo alla spiaggia (50 metri!), composto da 2 camere da letto, cucina, bagno e uno spazioso corridoio per un totale di circa 80 metri quadrati. Ogni camera da letto ha un letto matrimoniale e uno singolo. Cucina …see more
“Perfect view” Very nice Location on the top of a small hill.
Very friendly and responsive Family.
Fantastic house for two families. We were 4 adults and 4 children. We only used 4 of the 5 bedrooms.
Many different outside Areas suitable for all tim
“Great villa and surroundings and wonderfully welcoming, helpfull and friendly hosts”
Reviewed 24 Jul 2015
We were welcomed by the owners in an exceptionally generous way with home made pizza, bread and cookies, also cheese, cold meats and a bottle of wine. Really wonderful. Throughout our stay the owners … More
Grazie mille! It was really nice to spend some time with you and your family, ciao!! Stella
“Fabulous Villa in Poppi”
Reviewed 23 Jun 2015
My family and I stayed at La Casina from 23 – 30 May. There were 8 adults and 1 child and La Casina accommodated for us all.
The villa was beautiful and views stunning. Plenty of terraces to enjo… More
For us it was a pleasure to help you!
We hope to see you soon!
Our best wishes for all of you!!
Stella, Nicolò, Gigi a Anna
“Warm welcome, fabulous villa, idyllic setting.”
Reviewed 21 Jul 2014
Fantastic welcome from the family. Clean, spacious and full of character. Surrounded by woodland but also great views. On white road about 5km uphill from Poppi, roads a little narrow at times. Pool… More
Many thanks Peter, hope to meet you again!! Ciao! Stella, Gigi e Anna
“Great village house” 4 of us stayed for a wedding. The house was just what we wanted - comfortable and lovely views. The extra relaxation space, compared to an hotel room, was very welcome and the house had all the facilities we needed.
“A perfect mixture of French and Spanish culture based in middle of Pyrennes”
Reviewed 20 Nov 2011
The owners, Paul and Jayne, had recently rennovated the property so it was clean and fresh, with modern fittings and plenty of power, water and comms availability. Access was by car and easy parking l… More
“Give me a home amongst the mountains ...and near a fountain, sung in Oz tune”
Reviewed 10 Nov 2011
Well this is what you will get, no kangaroo or gum trees, but an a place that has everything you need and then some!
Great location for walks, markets, historic ruins and walled cities. The locals… More
“Fantastic location, amazing views!”
Reviewed 17 Oct 2011
House was great! Views from the living area/ and quaint balcony were perfect!
Lots of space, great having bathrooms on all levels.
Vernet is actually a really pretty village, with a daily market. It… More
“"very relaxing and calm holiday with a beautiful view from the balcony"” I would definitely recomend it. The hosts are very friendly and helpful and always willing to talk. If we were to visit Peloponese again we would stay in that place for sure. The
We live in this property almost every year for last 4 years.That is why I can say with confidence that it's the best place for vacation for me and my family. Apartment are fully equipped with all that… More
Reviewed 11 Apr 2013
Ideale Unterkunft für Alle die Ruhe, einen fantastischen Ausblick über die Olivenhaine zum Meer, ein sehr geschmackvoll eingerichtetes Studio und hilfsbereite und symphatische Vermieter suchen.… More
“Authentic, spacious, clean apartment with a view” We stayed here in September and really enjoyed our time here. Praiano was the perfect location for us, much quieter and more authentic than the larger towns of Positano and Amalfi. The apartment was of
Villa Kekova is one of the 2 parts of Villa Aksel with private sitting area, private outside shower and BBQ, own garden, own fireplace, big shared terrace and 4 x 8 m shared Pool. Air-conditioned. Great Seaview and Sundowns. All rooms air-conditioned / heatable.<br / …see more
Pinewood Cottage is a 300 year old traditional cottage which has been totally refurbished and now serves as a cosy and inviting self-catering home. Set just outside the quaint Irish village of Kilcrohane in West Cork, the cottage offers stunning views of Dunmanus Bay. …see more
Ideal for large groups of friends or families, Casa del Che is a mountain paradise with a huge secluded garden and whopping private pool, enjoy peace, tranquillity and pure mountain spring water. Relax in the villa or enjoy life in the nearby Spanish towns and beaches.& …see more
“An awesome villa in the Tuscan hills” A wonderfully restored church with plenty of character. Privacy with trees and hedges. Fab and accessible pool. Well equipped kitchen. An amazing welcome pack. We cycled from here to San Gimignano and to Monterigg
An old type cottage with all mod. cons.located on a small farm with sheep and pony as your neighbours. The cottage is located in a quiet rural area high up in the mountains overlooking the sea and valley.It is near Barnatra, Belmullet town, Carrowmore Lake and several s …see more
This comfortable apartment located in Gornja Brela, quiet area, not faraway from beautiful beaches of Makarska riviera-only few kilometres.
Gratis parking near Brela beach
This PENTHOUSE APARTMENT occupies entire 2.floor-size 100m2, .It is suitable for families or …see more
Located on the Southern Crete coast, an untouched area with picturesque scenery, where you will find a small selection of tavernas scattered along the coastline flanked by magnificent sandy beaches. The traditional villages of the area, the long history of the local ven …see more
“Stunning location” Great wee cottage in a gorgeous location.
Has everything you need for a break away with plenty to see and do in the surrounding area.
We visited for the nearby Dark Sky park but found that we didn't need to leave the village f
We stayed at lavender cottage for 10 days and i must say as holidays go this was great.
bob and his wife are great and so helpful too.I cannot say enough how much i enjoyed this break.Carsphairn is a… More
“Absolutely gorgeous place”
Reviewed 28 Apr 2012
We booked this trip at the last minute. Bob and his family were so friendly and their hospitality was first class. The cottage was spotless and could not fault it in any way. We all loved the coal/log… More
This detached bungalow is set in a large garden in a quiet location, 5 minutes drive from the village of Castletownroche offering shops, butchers, pubs, restaurants. Tennis and angling on site. Golf and mountain biking 10 minutes drive. Guests welcome to visit our farm& …see more
“Beautiful apartment with everything close by” We stayed at the penthouse apartment in Denia July/ August 2013- my husband and I with our two small children. The swimming pool is huge with children's pool next to it. Beach is a 5 minute stroll away. Su
It was our first venture into self catering, but won't be our last! We really had a good time thanks to a fabulous apartment. It was clean, modern and very well equipped. It was within walking distanc… More
Thank you for your kind review which is much appreciated - really pleased the penthouse ticked all the boxes for you, regards, Neil
This is the second time I have stayed in this villa and would Highly recommend to anyone wanting a relaxing holiday. Lovely restaurants and bars a short walk away but most importantly the beautiful su… More
Thank you for taking the time to review La Vista and sharing your experience with other travellers.
It is always great to hear from guests who have enjoyed their stay at the house, and of course, to welcome people back who have enjoyed it so much that they want to stay again.
Many people comment on the sunsets, which are quite breath-taking.
We hope to be able to welcome you back again soon, and thank you once again.
“Outstanding property in a beutiful relaxing location”
Reviewed 12 Sep 2016
An amazing property in close proximity to a quite sheltered beach and some of the finest resturants with excellant quisine. Me and my family have just returned from a week and found the holiday one of… More
“A comfortable, relaxing stay.”
Reviewed 9 Jul 2014
La Vista was perfect for our extended family of 5 adults and 3 young kids. Well equipped and comfortable, the roof terrace and hot tub were fantastic. The area was nice and quiet, albeit the start of … More
I am so pleased to hear what a great holiday you had in Mallorca.
I am glad that you found the house comfortable and well equipped, and that you were able to take advantage of all the house has to offer, including the roof terrace and hot tub.
I hope that we will be able to welcome you and your family to stay again in the future.
First floor apartment in the beautiful Bellresguard complex, located only 100 meters from the beach and at a 10 minutes walk to town center.The private residential complex is sounded by mature well kept gardens and peaceful water streams as well as communal pools an …see more
“excellent stay” lovely part of the wold to visit ; the apartment was really cosy and well furnished . The position is ideal for a quite and relaxing holiday and also very close to all amenities and conforts: shops, restaurants, cafes and the beach is
Casa en Chorruelo is a 3-bedroom apartment located near the oldest part of Frigiliana. It’s comfortably furnished to the highest standards with modern accommodation over 2 storeys. The apartment has three secluded terraces with stunning views to the sea and the S …see more
“Excellent” This is a beautifully furnished well equipped apartment. Well situated 5 minutes walk to the Balcon de Europe and a good choice of supermarkets within easy walking distance. The owner Antonella and her assistant Ettore are friendly and welc
very modern and clean and comfortable, best suitment, nice view to the sea.Just 100 m to walk to the beach, 5 minutes to walk to the area with restaurants and souvenirs and coffeshops. Street of the a… More
“Perfect and beautiful place for visit in Andalusia”
Reviewed 30 Aug 2015
A beautiful apartment, very well situated close to beach and citycenter. Easy access to highway for exploring the surroundings. Comes highly recommended by us.… More
Reviewed 17 Aug 2015
Antonella met us and let us leave our luggage in the apartment before the apartment was ready for us, she was very helpful. the apartment is fantastic with a beautiful view from the balcony it is also… More
Relaxed modern friendly comfortable chalet situated in the Rhone Alps,50 metres from village centre and the cable car. The main ski run back to the village ends at our driveway! Fantastic views of Lake Geneva. Airport and local transfers available by request. …see more
Spacious, elegant, newly reburbished traditional riad on a quiet street in the heart of the medina. 10 minutes walk from the beach, sea view from upper terrace. Open log fire. Suitable for groups, couples and families. Very friendly and helpful English speaking staff wh …see more
High in the Vallombrosa Mountain range and overlooking the entire Val d'Arno that runs from Florence to Arezzo, Villa Treggiano has been the much loved holiday home of an Italian family living in Florence.
Comfortably furnished with rustic furniture and antiques, …see more
NEW FOR SPRING 2015 SWIMMING POOL, 2 EN-SUITE DOUBLE ROOMS, GAZEBO WITH BBQ AND PIZZA OVENLocated in beautiful rolling hills of Le Marche near the medieval town of Tolentino. With a similar landscape to Tuscany but much lower prices and less crowded venues, Le March …see more
“Fantastic stay” Just returned from a lovely week at this fab gite. The owners are so accommodating and welcoming and couldn't do enough for us. The gite was perfect for us, a family of 5. Had list of space, was very clean and tidy and had everything w
A very comfortable, clean, well equipped house, less than an hour away from Calais. Plenty of space outside for the children to play. They particularly enjoyed the slide, trampoline and the games room… More
“Gorgeous, well-equipped, spotlessly clean cottage in an ideal location.”
Reviewed 15 Sep 2013
We spent a week here in August, this included my husband and I and 7, 10 and14 year old kids. We loved how clean and well equipped the property was. The kids loved the trampoline and pool table on-sit… More
“lovely accommodation, car needed”
Reviewed 3 May 2012
The accommodation was fantastic, the best equipped self catering I have ever stayed in, even down to a pizza cutter!
the beds were so comfy, it was extremely clean and comfortable, although the sofa'… More
We are new owners since this review was made. We have installed a hard wire link from the main router to the gites, so that guests have instant and permanent connection to free broadband at all times.
Villa locates in 200 m ONLY from the beautiful beach. 90qm of space consist: kitchen-living room with sofa for 2 sleepers, 2 double bedrooms and single bedroom+1 cradle (cot) bed for children max 6 years old, 2 bathrooms with washing machine, max 8 persons,2 terraces. …see more
“Great views, marvellous amenities and a very relaxing time” Lets get the negative our of the way first, access is a bit scary (no barriers on the upper streaches of the road), although you do get used to it.
Other than that the villa is all that it
I stayed at this villa with all my daughter, her husband and all my granchildren. There were ten of us in all! What a lovely time we had and with all the spacious rooms and gardens we never felt to b… More
“A simply stunning villa, peaceful and secluded with the most incredible views.”
Reviewed 17 Aug 2011
This was the perfect villa for our big family holiday. The house is surrounded by large terraces with stunning views of the sea and mountains which make for a great place to relax, dine and chill out.… More
“Fantastic place, stunning view, heavenly silence, no one disturbs you”
Reviewed 2 Jul 2011
The house is on top of a hill with stunning views in every direction. We like the house very much: It is comfortable, very spacious and well equipped. It is just amazing to sit on the very large terra… More
“Fabulous house, with stoning views over the sea. Absolute top” We had a two weeks family holiday with our adult children and their partners. Arriving at the Villa Fantasia is a breathtaking experience. The house is even more beautiful than pictures on
Just back from brilliant two weeks at Villa Fantasia. A bit hard to find in the dark as Google directions were dreadful. Were met with an extremely warm welcome at a spotlessly clean villa. Awoke to s… More
“A brilliant villa.” The communication with the owner was efficient and easy. Our requests for our stay were accommodated with no issues at all. The villa was in walking distance to the Pepe La Sal supermarket and a restaurant.
The villa has sun al
Private, quiet location. Private pool and beach just a few minutes away. Close proximity Nafplion, Tolo and archaeological sites of the Argolida & Peloponnese. High quality, traditionally built, well equipped.<br />Our villa has two bedrooms,one double and one …see more
“Beautifully furnished villa with all home comforts in private secluded quiet location” Beautifully furnished villa with all home comforts in private secluded quiet location with two towns a short distance away with all necessary food shops and restaur
“Beautiful Villa In A Quiet, Relaxing Location - Highly Recommended”
Reviewed 8 Oct 2013
Beautiful villa in a peaceful location. Excellently furnished with high quality accessories.
Good sized pool for all the family to enjoy.
Helpful owners that communicated well, before we arrived, to… More
“Villa Rouge is a real gem of a place”
Reviewed 5 Nov 2012
Villa Rouge is an exceptional villa in a peaceful and tranquil location. The Villa is immaculately clean with fantastic facilities, very nice crockery and glasses, fab coffee machine but remember to … More
The apartment is unique because is surrounded with nature and peace. In front of the house it has big shared pool which is surrounded with big shared garden. 5 minutes from the apartment walking it's rastaurant serving local and Istrian food and specialities. …see more
“Mrs” The cottage is lovely and really homely. There are lots of dvds, games, packs of cards etc for rainy days or evening entertainment. Great fireplace. Easy key collection and drop off, perfect for us.
“Beautiful cottage and area - definitely coming again!”
Reviewed 1 Apr 2014
The whole process of booking and planning our stay in this cottage was made easy by the very helpful and friendly owner - thank you.
The cottage is amazing! There is lots of room, big enough for a fa… More
Thank you, it was great having you to stay. We are always happy to help with groceries and stocking the larder before our guests visit us. Looking forward to having you stay again, Mike